EtherCAT Tutorial An Introduction for Real-Time Hardware Communication on Windows

Kevin Langlois, Tom van der Hoeven, David Rodriguez Cianca, Tom Verstraten, Tomislav Bacek, Bryan Convens, Carlos David Rodriguez Guerrero, Victor Grosu, Dirk Lefeber, Bram Vanderborght

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Setting up real-time hardware communication for applications such as precise motion control can be time consuming and confusing. Therefore, this tutorial introduces the deployment of an Ethernet for control automation technology (EtherCAT) protocol. We situate EtherCAT, briefly discuss the origins and working principles, and mention advantages over other widely used protocols. Additionally, the main objectives of the tutorial and the required software to complete it are presented. Online supplements are included, explaining all steps to run a Simulink model in real time on a Windows machine within a few hours.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-25
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2018

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